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Volunteers Help Clear Storm-Damaged Orchard

Residents in Carver County spent the weekend cleaning up debris scattered by a tornado. The EF-1 twister touched down early Saturday morning in the communities of Watertown and Hollywood.

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Shoreview Man, 22, Gets Prison for Kidnapping 15-Year-Old Girl

A 22-year-old Shoreview man has received a five-year prison sentence after he was convicted of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl in a plan to force her to marry him. Kong Xiong was sentenced last week and could be released from prison in July 2018 with credit for time served. He was convicted of sexual assault and kidnapping.

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Xcel Energy Hopes to Have Nearly All Power Restored Sunday

Xcel Energy says the number of Minnesota customers still without electricity after a weekend storm continues to shrink. A company spokeswoman says as of mid-afternoon Sunday, the number of customers without service was down to about 19,000, mostly in the western Twin Cities.

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Man Who Jumped Into River Rescued by Boat Near Red Wing

Emergency responders used boats to rescue a 21-year-old Wisconsin man who was seriously hurt after jumping into the Mississippi River near Red Wing. The Goodhue County sheriff's office says the accident happened shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday on a sand island in the river.

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Girl Struck, Seriously Hurt by Boat on Southern Minnesota Lake

Authorities say a 15-year-old Mankato girl was seriously injured when she was struck by a boat on East Jefferson Lake in southern Minnesota. The Le Sueur County sheriff's office says the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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Medical Marijuana, Now Legal, Still Not Easy to Get for Some

Maria Botker has to drive 400 miles round-trip to buy the medical marijuana that treats her daughter Greta's rare seizure disorder. She's not the only Minnesotan making long drives. Just two facilities in Minneapolis and Eagan opened when Minnesota's new medical marijuana program launched this month.

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Zoo’s Grizzly Exhibit Reopens After Bear Cracks Barrier

The Minnesota Zoo's grizzly bear exhibit has reopened after one of the bears shattered a glass enclosure pane. The bears returned to their public habitat Saturday after spending 12 days behind the scenes while temporary repairs were made.

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Annandale Man Hurt in Wright County Motorcycle Crash

An Annandale motorcyclist is hurt after a broadside crash with a car on Saturday afternoon. The incident happened just after 4:30 p.m. The State Patrol says 38-year-old Adam Myers of Annandale was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on Highway 12 in Waverly at 6th Street South.

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Photo from Tim Parochka
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Meteorologists Confirm Tornado Struck West of Twin Cities

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down near Watertown west of the Twin Cities overnight.

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UPDATE: State Patrol Identifies Person Killed in Kandiyohi County Crash

One person is dead after a broadside crash in Kandiyohi County on Friday afternoon. The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 9 near New London.

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